Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Drive-In Monster-rama SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (1984)

One of the many Santa Claus centered horror films, this was the one that acted as a lighting rod for those who hate horror. I can kind of understand it owing to the plot, but at the same time it’s nothing to get too upset about.

The plot of the film has a young boy going to visit his grandfather in a mental hospital on Christmas Eve. Grandpa it seems it catatonic, and his kids want to be good and visit. While the kids parents go off with a doctor, Grandpa shows he is only faking and tells the young boy that Santa doesn’t just bring presents but kills anyone who wasn’t good the previous year. The kid is freaked out, more so when grandpa goes back to pretending to be zoned out and refuses to confirm the terrible things he told his offspring. Things go completely off the rails on the ride home their car is stopped by a bad guy dressed as santa who kills the parents and tries to kill the kid.

Years after living in a Catholic orphanage where he is psychologically abused by the mother superior, the little kid gets a job at a toy store, where on Christmas eve he is forced to play Santa. Going off the rails he kills his co-workers and then goes to the orphanage to get the nuns.

If the film wasn’t just a bleak Santa killer film it’s also an violent anti Catholic screed.

Mean nasty and ugly, this film is just incredibly unpleasant in the extreme. Cops are killers, nuns are evil and children are to be abused. No one is nice. There is no one to root for.

Illogical in the extreme everything is plotted for maximum nastiness.

It’s funny for all the wrong reasons.

I hadn’t seen this in years when I saw it at Monsterama and I don’t know if I ever need to see it again.

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